Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor
I’m looking at a clipping from the Donna Darling Collection for this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday.
The clipping shows the venue but not the date or the location.
Key Features of Ad:
- The Venue: The Majestic Theater.
- The show is the “Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark,” so we know it is 1926 or 1927.
- The movie playing is “Camille of the Barbary Coast.”
- Coming soon is “Orpheum Syncopation;” it starts Sunday.
- Although there are many Majestic Theaters, there were only a handful of theaters under the “Direction of Alexander Frank.”
- The Isis in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
- The Orpheum in Des Moines, Iowa.[i]
- The Plaza in Waterloo, Iowa.
- The Majestic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Thanks to Newspapers.Com, a search for “Majestic and Donna” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1926 or 1927 quickly yielded a display ad with all of the same information shown in Donna’s clipping.
Thanks to the January 1927 issues of Variety, I had already known Donna played:
- Dec 9-11, 1926 – Clinton, IA – Orpheum
- Jan 2-5, 1927 – Des Moine, IA – Orpheum
- Jan 6-8, 1927 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Majestic
- Jan 13-15, 1927 – Davenport, IA – Capitol
- Jan 16-19, 1927 – Clinton, IA – Orpheum
- Jan 24-26 – Kitchener, Ont. – Capitol
- Jan 27-29 – Brantford, Ont. – Temple
So, this ad confirms the show.
January 6-8, 1927 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Majestic Theater – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark – DDC-92.